Derrick Rose: I知 Way More Explosive
Wednesday was Derrick Rose’s first game back at the United Center and the former MVP did not disappoint. In just 22 minutes of play, Rose scored one point a minute for a total of 22 points. But what may be even better news for Chicago fans is that Rose is not only back, but he is better than ever before.
"I think I'm way more explosive now," Rose said. "Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical -- I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn't show it yet because there's no need to."
There was a bit of nervousness in Chi-town after Rose sat out a preseason game due to soreness in his surgically repaired knee. However, Rose put everyone’s nerves to rest by showing off his explosion against the Detroit Pistons Wednesday evening.
"The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury, it's the mental part," Rose said. "And for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense, it feels great knowing that I'm safe. I don't have to worry about anything at all, even if I go to the hole and get contact and fall any type of way, that I could easily get up and bounce right back and play the way that I normally know how to play. I feel normal right now," he said. "I'm not worried about anything. I don't have any aches or have any nagging injuries or anything. I'm really taking care of my body and really preparing myself for this long season."
Rose has already demonstrated that he is long-sighted and not short sighted by sitting out of the playoffs last year. So, there is no doubt that he will have the same perspective as he approaches this year. The "way more explosive" Derrick Rose is not playing for the regular season MVP, he’s playing for the Finals MVP.